Blogs from Baalbek, Lebanon, Middle East - page 3


Middle East » Lebanon » Baalbek August 8th 2007

Approximately 90 kilometers northeast of the city of Beirut in eastern Lebanon stands the magnificent temple complex of Baalbek, the ruins are one of the holiest places of ancient times. Before the Romans conquered the site and built their enormous temple of Jupiter, long even before the Phoenicians constructed a temple to the god Baal, there stood at Baalbek the largest stone block construction found in the entire world. The Phoenician word Baalbek means "God of the Bekaa valley". Ancient legends assert that Baalbek was the birthplace of Baal, later the town became known as Heliopolis, the "City of the Sun"... - Beirut - The day after our roadtrip up north to Byblos and Tripoli, Omar left in the morning by plane to Cairo. We drove him to the airport and had a minor car accident ... read more
Me & the Temple of Bacchus
City of the Sun
Temple of Bacchus

Middle East » Lebanon » Baalbek August 6th 2007

Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream. -Kahlil Gibran My plan was to transit through Lebanon to get to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, but as usual, my plans changed and I decided to just stay in Lebanon. I just kept my fingers crossed that the consequences of an expired visa wouldn't be too serious. Everything always seemed to work itself out, so my plan was to ride on this high tide of optimism. On Sunday, Chi and I headed over to the ancient Roman ruins of Baalbek, which is charmingly referred to as the City of the Sun. It was known in the ancient times as a place for Romans to worship their god, Jupiter, so you can imagine how massive this place used to be in its glory days of 100 BC ... read more
Six pillar remains of Temple of Jupiter
Lion and Jupiter and I
Temple of Bacchus

Middle East » Lebanon » Baalbek May 14th 2007

High plateau between the mount Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon ranges, linking the Syrian interior with the coastal cities of ancient Phoenicia. Used to be very much agricultural, it isn't that much flousishing anymore, apart from the "cannabis" cropping. Fortunately, it is now better known as the centre of Lebanon's burgeoning wine industry. From Beyrouth, which is my starting point for every trip I make inside the country, I have been so far to Baalbek and Zahle. Baalbek, mostly notorious back in the 80's for being the seat of Hezbollah (party of God) and helding hostages hidden in the valley ( such as William Buckley, head of the CIA at that time), it is still the "Sun" city of the Ancient world and the most important Roman site of the whole Middle East (dixit The Lonely Planet, ... read more
Saint Secours "Mother Help" little church
The Bacchus temple

Middle East » Lebanon » Baalbek January 21st 2007

Well i arrived in Baalbek safe and sound and was introduced to a half Lebanese/half Italian Dr of Archeology in Baalbek making a model of the ruins. Unfortunatly he didnt speak any english and my Arabic and Italian are non existant. However he took me around the site of Baalbek and then got the police to drive us out to see "The Pregnant stone" - a huge block quarried for use in the temple complex of Baalbek but never used. I also got driven out to see a number of other ruins that are in the middle of nowhere really. Cool. Baalbek is an amazing site - the temple of Bacchus is one of the best preserved temples around and the pure enormaty of the temple of Jupiter is astonishing, the blocks used in the temples ... read more
Effing Massive!
Coffered ceiling
Pregnant Stone

Middle East » Lebanon » Baalbek November 20th 2004

Let me start out by saying that Lebanon is one of my favorite countries on the planet. I didn’t see all of it, and it is not that large to begin with. However, what I did see was truly amazing. When I first found out that the travel study component of my semester in Egypt would be spending a week in Turkey, a little less than a week in Syria, and a whole week just in Beirut, I thought that the scale was a little tipped. NO way! Well worth the time. But I am getting ahead of myself. First things first! From the Syrian side, crossing into the Bekaa Valley was not much of an ordeal. Changing money into lire was straightforward, and none of us had any stamps in our passports that would serve ... read more
Baalbek Ruins
Me and a few youths on their way to a Hezbollah Rally
Rock Sizes

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